FoodASC Asks- Dining Out

Welcome to our new FoodASC Asks post where FoodASC asks YOU, the community,  to share your ideas and tips on a particular topic.  It’s a chance to exchange ideas and share valuable information that you have discovered, written or experienced.

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Eating out with food allergies or celiac disease CAN be a frustrating and frightening experience but NOT NECESSARILY.  With preparation, the experience may be enjoyable.

In our post,  10 Do’s and Don’ts of Dining Out with Food Allergies we cover 5 essential do’s and 5 crucial don’ts of eating out safely including cautions, assumptions and obligations.

 

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Donna DeCosta, Founder FoodASC.com

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Eating out with food allergies or celiac disease CAN be a frustrating and frightening experience but NOT NECESSARILY.  With preparation, the experience may be enjoyable.

In our post,  10 Do’s and Don’ts of Dining Out with Food Allergies we cover 5 essential do's and 5 crucial don'ts of eating out safely including cautions, assumptions and obligations.  Share and read tips on dining out with @FoodASC! https://foodasc.com/2017/08/14/weekly-foodasc-asks-dining/

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  1. Crystal

    Donna – We have never gotten resistance re: bringing our own pan and spatula. A handful of restaurants have told us it’s not necessary because they have clean pans and spatulas to use. One manager made a rude comment and said, “oh, please give me that pan. I don’t want to be responsible for killing your kid.”. Other than that comment, we haven’t had any issues at all except for people staring at us when we pass a pan back and forth.

    1. Donna DeCosta Listing Owner

      Thanks Crystal. I was wondering how they reacted. Glad you haven’t gotten resistance except for the very rude manager.

  2. Pamsla Fernandez

    When dining out we never take chances if the restaurant is unclear or give mixed messages. I always call ahead speak with a manager. When we arrive I ask to speak with the chef as well. I make it very clear how life threatening my son’s food allergies are, I feel this gives the restaurant a clear message of their responsibility to us as consumers. I find it truly allows them to tell us whether or not they can safely accommodate us. Even if we have eaten at a place before I go through the same process each time. Chef cards are very helpful too.

    1. Donna DeCosta Listing Owner

      Thanks Pamela. I agree that communicating the seriousness of food allergies and knowing whether or not a restaurant can accommodate your food allergies are very important. We too ask to speak with the chef or manager. Thanks for your suggestions and tips!

  3. Lisa Rutter

    I have always found our experiences dining out with food allergies and with kids to be successful when we arrive before the crowd. This is especially true on the weekends. I try to arrive before 6 pm. I feel like you get the wait staff and the cooks/chefs undivided atrention when they aren’t slammed with orders and tables.

    1. Donna DeCosta Listing Owner

      Hi Lisa, we also tend to go earlier especially if a new restaurant. We feel less rushed with all of our questions. Thanks for your suggestion!

  4. Crystal

    We manage celiac and MANY allergies in our family of 4. When we eat out, we usually bring a frying pan and a spatula. I have carried these two items to the boardwalk, into a theater (if we’re eating out before/after a show), through the streets of Aruba etc. You should see the looks we get when we pull a frying pan out of a backpack! A big challenge to eating out with food allergies is avoiding cross-contact due to shared equipment. When chefs use our pan/spatula, we’re taking one issue out of the equation. I have found that many restaurants are more willing to try to cook us an allergy friendly meal when we help them in some way. By using our own pan, we don’t have to worry about shared grills. It offers my son an opportunity to get a steak, burger or chicken without worrying about cross-contact from shellfish. The pan/spatula cool off while we’re eating, then I put them in a plastic grocery bag before putting them back in the backpack. (Some restaurants wash the pan/spatula for us. Some don’t).

    1. Donna DeCosta Listing Owner

      Thanks Crystal. I’ve never thought of bringing my own pan and spatula. Do you get resistance?